FCC Republican commissioner doesn't think internet access is a 'basic human right'

June 26, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Federal Communications Commission member Michael O’Rielly, a Republican, said yesterday that "Internet access is not a necessity or human right" and called this one of the most important "principles for regulators to consider as it relates to the Internet and our broadband economy." O'Rielly's remarks were part of a speech delivered to the Internet Innovation Alliance yesterday.

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Sprint stops throttling unlimited data plan customers

June 18, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Mobile broadband provider Sprint has decided that it might be a good idea to stop throttling customers who pay for an unlimited data plan. Likely Sprint found the inspiration to change its activities on this from AT&T, who the FCC fined $100 million for doing pretty much the same thing.

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White House warns Congress about meddling with FCC appropriations

June 18, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The White House sent to a letter to the  House Appropriations Committee this week strongly urging lawmakers to remove language that would stop the FCC from enforcing the new neutrality rules that went in to effect this month. Congress has added language to the appropriations bill that would limit the FCC's power to enforce the new rules and cut $25 million from its annual budget.

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FCC fines AT&T $100 million for throttling 'unlimited data plan' customers

June 17, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

AT&T learns the new reality of violating the rules of net neutrality: there will be blood. Or rather, there will be consequences to messing with customers. The Federal Communications Commission has fined the mobile provider $100 million for slowing down or "throttling" Internet speeds of customers who signed up for unlimited data plans. The FCC found that when customers used up a certain amount of data watching video or browsing the Web, the company throttled their Internet speeds so that they were much slower than normal.

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Federal court refuses to delay implementation of new net neutrality rules

June 12, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Yesterday a federal court refused to delay implementation of a key part of the Federal Communications Commission's net neutrality order that was approved in its late February meeting. That key part of the new rules classifies broadband and mobile broadband as common carrier under Title II of the Telecommunications Act and goes into effect today. Trade groups and telecoms filed a lawsuit seeking an injunction of the new rules while things were fought out in federal court, but the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit rejected that request.

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PSA: net neutrality rules go into effect June 12

June 10, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

As this Ars Technica report points out, the Federal Communication Commission's new net neutrality rules - which it approved in a meeting in late February - take effect on June 12. Internet service providers- while suing the FCC in federal court - are still tidying things up to avoid having complaints filed against them. Some of these complaints about connection speeds could be cleared up by interconnection deals that have been signed over the last two months.

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FCC helps cable operators avoid local rate regulation

June 4, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Local municipalities will have a more difficult time imposing rate regulation on basic cable TV service because of a vote this week by the Federal Communications Commission. Yesterday the Federal Communications Commission released a report and order determining that cable TV providers face "effective competition" nationwide, and therefore should not be subject to rate regulations.  The FCC says this is true because cable companies face stiff competition from satellite TV providers like Dish and DirecTV.

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Report: FCC floats proposal to extend 'Lifeline' program to cover Internet access

May 28, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Politico reports that the Federal Communications Commission is drafting a proposal to extend the Lifeline mobile phone program (often referred to by some as the "Obamaphone" program, despite the fact it was around long before he took office) to cover broadband Internet for the poor.

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FCC urges D.C. Appeals Court to make an expedient decision on net neutrality case

May 22, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

While the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) doesn't agree with much in all the lawsuits filed with the D.C. Appeals Court concerning net neutrality, it does agree with one thing: the court should make a decision as expediently as possible.

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Report: French billionaire eyeing Time Warner Cable

May 20, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

According to Reuters and VentureBeat reports, a French billionaire that most in the United States have never heard of may have designs on acquiring one of the country's biggest broadband and cable providers - Time Warner Cable.

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North Carolina sues FCC over net neutrality rule changes

May 18, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

North Carolina has filed a lawsuit against the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) over its new net neutrality rules set to take effect in June, Ars Technica reports. In addition to reclassifying broadband and mobile as common carriers under Title II of the Telecommunications Act and banning certain practices (throttling, blocking certain types of traffic), the FCC preempted state laws that allow them to block municipal broadband operations.

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D.C. Appeals court seeks answers from FCC on net neutrality injunction motion

May 15, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The Hill reports that the U.S. Court of Appeals for D.C. has asked the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and other parties interested in seeing the new net neutrality rules implemented in early June to explain why the court should allow them to go forward.

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Law firm files petition with FCC claiming new net neutrality rules don't go far enough

May 12, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

A law firm has filed a "petition for reconsideration" with the Federal Communications Commission today saying that its new rules voted on in its February meeting are not strong enough. The petition to the courts was filed by Washington, D.C.-based law firm Smithwick and Belendiuk.

Arthur Belendiuk, a partner in the firm, says that the new rules fall short in a number of ways, most notably in how they forbear applying traditional telecommunication regulations to broadband despite reclassifying its as a regulated telecom service.

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Another Senate hearing, another fight over net neutrality funding

May 12, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Once again the Senate is using a budget hearing to rail against the Federal Communications Commission's changes to net neutrality rules voted on in February.

At a Senate appropriations hearing today, Republican Commissioner Ajit Pai urged the panel of lawmakers not to provide funds to FCC needed to implement the new rules.

"The commission will spend a lot of money and time applying regulations that are wasteful and unnecessary and that are already proving harmful to the American public," Pai said.

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FCC: stop complaining about net neutrality and start competing

May 7, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

In a speech at the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA) conference in Chicago yesterday, FCC chairman Tom Wheeler offered a blunt message to service providers in the United States: stop complaining about the new net neutrality rules and start competing. Of course Wheeler had a lot more to say at the annual gathering of cable operators.

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Netflix opposes AT&T - DirecTV merger

May 5, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Netflix is urging the Federal Communications Commission to either reject AT&T's proposed acquisition of satellite TV provider DirecTV, or put conditions on the deal that would prevent AT&T from using its new-found market power to harm online video services.

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Telecoms ask FCC to postpone net neutrality reclassification order

May 4, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Trade groups and service providers are being clever in how they can derail the new net neutrality rules; besides all of the actions being driven by its supporters in Congress, these groups are also formally requesting that the Federal Communications Commission delay the implementation of one particular rule change: reclassifying broadband and mobile service providers as "common carriers" under title II of the Telecommunications Act.

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FCC Chairman pushes back on proposed changes to rulemaking process

May 1, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler is popular among republican lawmakers - and by popular we mean a regular target of House and Senate committee hearings. Wheeler was hauled before the House Commerce Committee's Communications and Technology subcommittee this week for a hearing about transparency: "FCC Reauthorization: Improving Commission Transparency" (as detailed by this Ars Technica report).

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Sen. Rand Paul introduces 'join resolution of disapproval' over FCC net neutrality rule changes

April 30, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Senator Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) introduced a "resolution of disapproval" (PDF) this week that declares that the FCC’s new policy "shall have no force or effect." The resolution is nearly identical to what Rep. Doug Collins (R-Georgia) introduced in the House of Representatives earlier this month. Here's what Sen. Paul's Senate effort states:

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FCC receives first request to delay new net neutrality rules

April 28, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has received a request to delay the implementation of new Internet regulations it approved in its late February meeting, according to Reuters. The very first request comes from Daniel Berninger, founder of the Voice Communication Exchange Committee, who has asked the FCC to delay the rules so that things can be sorted out in the courts. The FCC is being sued by several ISPs and trade groups over the rule changes already.

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Comcast officially abandons Time Warner Cable merger plans

April 24, 2015 - James Fudge

The $45 billion merger deal between Comcast and Time Warner Cable is officially dead. Comcast announced this morning that it would abandon the deal in the face of growing opposition from the Justice Department and the Federal Communications Commission. Because Comcast didn't have a separation agreement, it does not have to pay Time Warner Cable any sort of separation fee.

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Report: Comcast will abandon Time Warner Cable merger

April 23, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Bloomberg is reporting that the $45 billion merger between Comcast and Time Warner Cable is dead, according to "people with knowledge of the matter" who spoke to the publication. Because Comcast doesn't have a separation agreement in place with TWC, it won't have to pay out like AT&T did when its merger with T-Mobile was rejected in 2011.

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Another ISP sues the FCC over net neutrality rule changes

April 20, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Cable and broadband provider CenturyLink has filed a lawsuit against the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The ISP is the seventh litigant taking aim at the FCC in court; it joins service providers AT&T and Alamo Broadband, and trade groups including CTIA, the United States Telecom Association (USTelecom), the National Cable and Telecommunications Association and the American Cable Association.

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Report: DOJ likely to oppose Comcast-TWC Merger

April 17, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Bloomberg is reporting that that the Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger will likely be blocked by the Justice Department. The $45.2 billion merger is likely to be opposed because DOJ lawyers believe it will harm consumers. The Federal Communications Commission, who also have the power to reject the deal, are also leaning towards the same conclusion, according to the report.

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AT&T sues FCC over Net Neutrality rule changes

April 15, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Yesterday mobile and broadband provider AT&T filed a lawsuit against the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) concerning its February decision to reclassify broadband and mobile providers as "common carriers" under Title II of the Telecommunications Act. Ars Technica reports that other cable operators like Comcast and Verizon have indicated that they don't plan to sue the FCC - instead referring the publication to a trade group.

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Federal Court says FTC case against AT&T for throttling unlimited data mobile customers can proceed

April 1, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Ars Technica reports that a federal judge has ruled that the Federal Trade Commission does have jurisdiction to sue AT&T for allegedly throttling customers. In its argument before the federal court, AT&T - who hates net neutrality and didn't want to be classified as a common carrier - said that the FTC did not have jurisdiction to take it to court because it is... a common carrier.

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Verizon CEO urges Congress to update 'Telecommunications Act'

March 30, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

On Friday Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam sent a letter to lawmakers on both sides of the aisle in Congress urging them to push forward with legislative efforts to update the 1996 Telecommunications Act and defang the FCC, according to The Hill.

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Analysts concerned about 'specialized service' loophole in net neutrality rules

March 26, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Some analysts are expressing concerns that a loophole left in the new net neutrality rules passed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in late February will be used by telecoms, broadband providers and mobile phone service providers to circumvent banned practices such as throttling and blocking traffic.

The loophole involves an exemption for "specialized services" - web applications related to services such as VoIP phone service, smart thermostats, and real-time health monitoring.

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Republican FCC commissioner urges lawmakers to put conditions on agency's budget

March 24, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

If you can't beat 'em, defund them. That seems to be the undercurrent at a House Committee on Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government hearing today featuring testimony from FCC Republican Commissioner Ajit Pai. On the other side of that contentious proposal is FCC chairman Tom Wheeler, who offered a counter argument at the budget hearing earlier in the day.

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FCC faces first legal challenges to Open Internet Order changes

March 24, 2015 - James Fudge

It was inevitable that telecoms would sue the Federal Communications Commission in federal court over the reclassification of mobile and broadband service providers as common carriers under Title II of the Telecommunications Act, but two entities have decided to get a head start on it this week. In separate filings in different District courts USTelecom and Texas-based service provider Alamo Broadband have asked that the new net neutrality rules be put aside.

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TechnogeekThe constant conflation of "you shouldn't do this" as a personal guideline and "you shouldn't do this" as something with the force of law is really getting tiresome. Lawful Neutral was garbage in D&D, and it's garbage in real life.07/01/2015 - 12:24pm
PHX Corphttp://kotaku.com/sources-warner-bros-knew-that-arkham-knight-pc-was-a-1714915219 Sources: Warner Bros. Knew That Arkham Knight PC Was A Mess For Months07/01/2015 - 11:49am
Andrew EisenIf you do, I hope you can provide some examples of people (again, other than random no-name numbnuts on Twitter) who are genuinely trying to dictate what should and should not be allowed so far as themes, topics, language, plot devices, etc. go.07/01/2015 - 9:43am
MattsworknameI'd go into why I think it's a bigger problem then most realize, but nows not the time really. I'll catch up with everyone later07/01/2015 - 9:42am
Andrew EisenThat's the thing though, rarely is anyone (again, other than random numbnuts on Twitter) attempting to dictate what can and cannot be said or done.07/01/2015 - 9:39am
Andrew Eisen"Don't write rape scenes" is being offered as advice (along with reasons for that advice) not a mandate.07/01/2015 - 9:37am
MattsworknameOh, on that last one andrew I wasn't talking about the article, I was being more general, lately it seems like all the news and media is trying to decide what is and isn't proper to say. Thats what i was refering to.07/01/2015 - 9:37am
Andrew EisenPerhaps you should consider reading the entire article. Despite quotes you can pull from the intro and conclusion, the author isn't arguing that you can't or shouldn't be allowed to cover a certain topic.07/01/2015 - 9:35am
MattsworknameOne of the things I hate right now is that people are trying to be the deciders of what is and isn't proper to be said. It's political correctness to a level that makes me angry.07/01/2015 - 9:29am
Mattsworknamemake them, i just tell peopel that I think what they did sucked. Just cause I dont like what they did, doesn't mean I can tell them "You shouldn't wrtie that" cause thats just another step on the way to telling them "YOU CANT WRITE THAT".07/01/2015 - 9:24am
MattsworknameNo, but you or I aren't the one to tell someone else what they can or cannot do beyond EXTREMELY narrow limits. Telling a person then shouldn't write something or say something. I may hate certain movies or music, doesn't mean I dont' tell peopel not to07/01/2015 - 9:23am
E. Zachary KnightHasbro is taking steps to fix its Dinosaur gender issues. http://io9.com/the-jurassic-world-dinosaur-toys-are-clever-girls-again-171513589607/01/2015 - 9:20am
TechnogeekImagine that level of accuracy, only applied to something that has actually caused physiological and psychological trauma in more cases than just whatever the equivalent of the CD-i Zelda games would be.07/01/2015 - 8:40am
TechnogeekThat's the issue I see as well, E. To put it in terms anyone reading this site will likely understand: you know how any time video games show up on TV, they feature absurdly outdated 3D graphics and/or audio from the Intellivison era?07/01/2015 - 8:40am
InfophileWell, you CAN go to a crowded streetcorner and tell everyone who passes by your social security number and bank account PIN, but you shouldn't. Is that censorship?07/01/2015 - 8:36am
E. Zachary KnightSo if it is going to turn out to be a bad scene, why even bother writing it?07/01/2015 - 8:07am
E. Zachary KnightMatts, Goth, The article, and others I have read making the same conclusion, state that most people fail in their attempts to write rape scenes without being overly offensive or overly incompetent in their attempt.07/01/2015 - 8:07am
Adam802http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Ex-Sen-Leland-Yee-may-be-headed-for-a-plea-deal-6358941.php07/01/2015 - 7:12am
Adam802Possible plea deal in Yee case: http://www.mercurynews.com/crime-courts/ci_28408532/leland-yee-case-plea-deal-appears-likely07/01/2015 - 7:11am
MattsworknameInfo, Im with goth on this, the moment people start saying "You can but you shouldnt" thats a slow slide into censorship07/01/2015 - 6:05am
 

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